New G.I. Joe: Retaliation image creates more questions about Storm Shadow

All right!  Sure, I would much prefer some more footage these days, but I’ll take another press image as well, especially when it’s a very cool action shot of the one and only Storm Shadow!

Seen below in a strange white uniform (obviously reminiscent of previous images of him and what looks like Cobra Commander emerging from a laboratory) the Cobra Ninja is evidently overpowering a guard and preparing for his escape.

Escape from what?  That’s the question.  It would certainly appear that perhaps his body was retrieved by someone and kept in some sort of stasis, allowing him to survive…but how does that jive with Cobra Commander and the word that this Commander is a totally new character than what we saw in Rise of Cobra?

Verrrry interesting.  Cannot WAIT to find out all the answers June 29th!  Check out the mirrored image below and a big thanks to Twitter follower toycollector962 for the information.

Image courtesy of the Daily Blam.

GeneralsJoes Reviews IDW’s Cobra #11 – Cobra Command ends here!

Once again running about a week behind, but I just can’t help it with all of the IDW awesomeness that comic stores are getting hit with on a weekly basis!  To this point I believe I have reviewed every installment of the Cobra Command series, and here is a helpful little rundown of all of those reviews:

I’ll be honest, it’s been a great ride, but obviously every story arc is only as good as the last memory of it.  So how does Cobra Command shake out?  Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for the details.

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Carded image of G.I. Joe: Retaliation Roadblock from

The carded figure reveals continue, today it’s the wave 1 single pack Roadblock!  The first thing you’ll notice is that his left hand is open… Unlike the three-pack version I reviewed as an early sample, this version of Roadblock only has the Battle Kata play feature permanently embedded in one hand, not both.  That is some consolation, I suppose!

There is also a massive shoulder brace which I’m not certain we’ve seen in clear shots before, so that’s all good.  And hey, with Roadblock you can almost pretend the packaging has unique artwork to represent the character inside!


Check out a snippet of the image below, and the full image over at

G.I. Joe: Retaliation Box Office concerns overblown?

This post sort of ties in with some conversations I’ve had on Twitter lately, and also a very good Q & A session and discussion from our recording last night of the latest installment of What’s on Joe Mind.

Essentially the subject of the discussion is how successful can we expect G.I. Joe: Retaliation to be at the Box Office when Amazing Spider-Man is hitting theaters the following weekend?  Should we realistically expect a big hit in Retaliation’s numbers?  Does this mean that potential box office success for the G.I. Joe sequel is an impossibility?

You know, I’m not so sure.

Click the Read the Rest of the Story link below for my thoughts.

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Follow Gyre Viper on Twitter for some great RAH and modern intel

Over the past few years, Gyre-Viper has become pretty well known throughout the community mostly for his early modern samples that he gets his hands on and then showcases for the rest of us.  However, one thing he hasn’t been getting much credit for lately is his ability to dig out some awesome stuff from the past.

Everyone’s work on the excellent JoeDeclassified Spec Ops podcast has brought some of those age old mysteries back to the forefront.  Meanwhile, Gyre-Viper has also been posting some great tidbits via his Twitter account.  Just this week we got some great pictures of concept art for Chuckles as well as a great inter-office communication which reveals that perhaps the Special Missions Brazil set in 1986 changed somewhere along the way.  It’s all good stuff, and I’m certain we’re going to get even more good stuff out of upcoming episode of JDSO.

Check out some of the mirrored images below, and follow Gyre-Viper on Twitter to see more of the great behind-the-scenes intel.  I promise more stuff is coming, and from what I hear, a question that’s been on fans’ minds for the past 25 years will be answered on an upcoming episode.  Can’t beat it.

Boston area Joe fans – Larry Hama signing at Hub Comics this weekend!

While folks are probably used to seeing Mr. Hama at various conventions around the country in recent years, I don’t hear many tales of him doing signings at comic book stores.  Well, consider that changed!

Hub Comics out of Somerville, MA is featuring the godfather of G.I. Joe as a special guest, and you can find out all of the details right here.  He will be appearing Saturday, April 7th from 11am to 4pm.

Now something that folks might not know is that the owner of Hub Comics is a long time G.I. Joe fan and historian, Tim Finn, who is currently working on an extensive coffee table book documenting the Real American Hero.  He has posted updates to this terrific project on his WordPress site A Real American Book.  So obviously Mr. Timm and Hub Comics are big friends of the G.I. Joe brand and anyone in the Boston area should hit it up and show their support!

Check out Hub Comics’ website right here!

Sunbow’s Doc and Zap voice actor to appear at BotCon

One of the great things about those old Sunbow cartoons was that there was quite a bit of cross over voice talent between them.  Chances are, most folks voicing one series probably did some work in the other.  The most obvious example of this, of course, would be Chris Latta’s work as both Cobra Commander and Starscream.

Recently, the G.I. Joe Convention has started inviting voice talent to their shows, while over on the Transformers side, BotCon has been doing it a while.  Well, BotCon is sticking to their formula, and this year making his first ever convention appearance will be the voice of Blaster, Buster Jones!

For G.I. Joe fans, this means Doc and Zap.  So if you’re a fan of either of these two characters, and you’re in the Dallas area, you may want to make a trip to BotCon…I’m not sure Mr. Jones is someone that the Collectors’ Club would invite to JoeCon, so get him while he’s hot!

Thanks to for the information.